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Nonstop headache for the past week... - December 31st 2011, 05:11 AM

Ive had a non-stop headache for the past week :C
It will go away for an hour if i take any advil/tyenol/ibprohen(not all at once lol) and it will go away for a few minutes when i eat something, but other then that it sticks to me like white on rice.
The aching is mainly in the back area of my skull, and whenever i flex it (tensing it up, whatever its called...) it flares up worse.
Any ideas on what this could be? Its killing me slowly x.X
Also, could it be a cold? I havent been feeling the best, but i havent been feeling the best for the past few weeks. This started in the past week.


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Re: Nonstop headache for the past week... - December 31st 2011, 07:20 AM

For myself, I've found that excederin is best for headaches. however, If its down on the back of the head and near the neck, it could be that you threw your neck out, or theres a soft tissue problem with your neck. I'm personally a fan of chiropractors, and if I were you I'd get my neck adjusted at one, but views on that vary greatly from person to person. And you should see a doctor if possible if it persists or worsens after trying something else.


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Re: Nonstop headache for the past week... - December 31st 2011, 12:43 PM

Whats your caffeine intake like?

I ask because I work weekends and drink a lot of soda there. About two weeks ago I spent the whole week with a hugeeee headache until I got to work on friday, drank soda, and it magically went away.

It sounds stupid but that's what it was for me!


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Re: Nonstop headache for the past week... - December 31st 2011, 01:34 PM

The fact that it hurts when you contract the muscle makes me think that it's caused from trigger points. A trigger point is basically a knot in the muscle. The knot is caused from one part of the muscle belly being contracted, which lengthens or overstretches the other parts of the muscle. These "trigger points" can cause a referred pain very similar to a headache.

Muscles that could be the cause a headache like this include:
-Upper Trapezius
-Splenius Capitis and Cervicis (as a group)
-Occipitals and suboccipitals
-Sternocleidomastoid
-some muscles of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)

One of the best things you could do for the headache is to licensed massage therapist to get a neck and facial massage. A chiropractor would definitely help prevent the problem fro coming back again, because a sublaxation could potentially perpetuate trigger points.

I know that this could cost a fair amount of money, but this is probably the best solution. Vibrations from a cheap massager could potentially help, as well as some stretching, heat and improvements in your posture.

A cold cold definitely contribute to a headache of this fashion, as well as colder temperatures.
   
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Re: Nonstop headache for the past week... - December 31st 2011, 05:49 PM

well i do live in canada, so It could be the cold.
I think ill make an appointment with my doctor and see what his diagnosis is, and I'll tell him about your theory thank you <3


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Re: Nonstop headache for the past week... - December 31st 2011, 05:52 PM

I mainly drink tea. :l That could be a liable reason for my headaches. I'll stop drinking that and stick to water/juice for the next week, and see if that helps. Thanks C:


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Re: Nonstop headache for the past week... - December 31st 2011, 08:56 PM

Have you had these headaches in the past?
   
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Re: Nonstop headache for the past week... - January 1st 2012, 06:43 AM

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Have you had these headaches in the past?
Ummm, not that i can remember... (i have an awful memory)


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Re: Nonstop headache for the past week... - January 1st 2012, 04:51 PM

I had something similar which lasted two weeks. Turned out it was a migraine, which I kept pushing myself to be active and work in light, etc. So the headache never had time to go away and it ended up irritating my muscles so badly they swelled up and wouldn't deswell.

My doctor had to prescribe a muscle relaxer and some stronger Ibuprofen. I was better within a couple days.
So, yes contact your doctor. Probably nothing major just muscles that are irritated and aren't able to relax on their own.
   
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Re: Nonstop headache for the past week... - January 2nd 2012, 09:25 PM

I get headaches for months at a time(i have terrible anxiety). They suck. Believe it or not a headache is very rarely a sign of something serious. The fact that you mentioned that it hurts more when you tense leads me to think it's most likely a tension headache. It probably wont shift until you stop stressing over it. I hope you feel better soon ^^!
   
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